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Vickers Venture, Sumitomo unit lead $6m round in AI-focused ICONTEK

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This marks Vickers Venture Partners’ third investment in the artificial intelligence space.

Singapore’s financing platform Validus Capital deploys $73m for SME funding

Monetary Authority of Singapore-licensed Validus has financed more than 1,400 loans with approvals given out in under 24 hours.


Behind the scenes with Grab co-founder Tan Hooi Ling

Compared to Anthony Tan, Tan Hooi Ling is the lesser known co-founder of Southeast Asian ride-hailing major Grab.


Singapore’s e-commerce enabler Synagie targets to raise $7m in Catalist listing

It intends to use the proceeds for business expansion, entering new markets, IT investments and mergers and acquisitions.


Singapore’s crowdfunding platform FundedHere launches private stock exchange

FundedX aims to facilitate trading of shares in high-growth startups and privately-held companies in Southeast Asia.


Singapore’s blockchain B&B startup PopulStay raises $2.25m seed funding

The proceeds from the latest financing will be used for team expansion and product development, PopulStay founder and CEO Walter Wang said.


Exclusive: Singapore-based Expara Ventures set to launch $30m fund

The latest fund will focus on investments in Expara’s core markets of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.


ZEN Rooms eyes new markets, claims shutdown rumours were ‘exaggerated’

The $15 million funding will be able to support ZEN Rooms for the next 2.5-3 years, said co-founder and global managing director Kiren Tanna.


Singapore’s Antworks raises $15m Series A from SBI Investment

It has also forged a joint venture with the Japanese VC to tap the tremendous opportunities in the emerging AI space in Southeast Asia.


Singaporean family selling Crowne Plaza resort in Australia for over $74m

The offering includes the 269-room Crowne Plaza Hotel and management rights for the 104-room Gold Tower.